Professors Launch Initiative to Push For More Black Male Teachers

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| Posted by Taylor Gordon
A group of college professors and administrators in Pennsylvania have come together to launch a new initiative that aims to attract more Black men into the teaching profession.

The professors and administrators come from several universities and colleges, including Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Point Park University and Community College of Allegheny County.

Together, they have launched the Black Men Teaching Initiative, which is using workshops, mentorship programs and other resources to persuade more African-American men to attend college and consider a career in teaching.


Neha Ramu, Teen With Higher IQ Than Einstein, Says Comparison Is ‘Not Right’ (VIDEO)

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From: huffingtonpost.com

Meet Neha Ramu, the 13-year-old who reached the highest possible score on the Mensa IQ test — even higher than Einstein’s. In fact, she’s in the top one percent of intelligence ratings among people in the UK, according to Asian News International.

But don’t be too quick to hold her up to other famous geniuses. She’ll be the first to tell you that she doesn’t think it’s a fair comparison.

The Huffington Post covered her amazing story in March, and this week the BBC released an awesome interview with the teen.

Read more about Neha Ramu

Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls CODE

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Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls CODE

After working in biotechnology/engineering for many years, Kimberly Bryant felt compelled to change the lack of diversity in her field by founding Black Girls CODE, a nonprofit dedicated to encouraging more young women of color to choose a career in technology through education and mentoring.

Black Girls CODE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching girls ages 7-16 from underrepresented communities about computer programming and digital technology. The organization hosts workshops and after-school programs taught by trained professionals on a wide range of topics such as computer programming, robotics and logical and thinking games.

Black Girls CODE
P.O. Box 640926
San Francisco, CA 94164

About Kimberly

By Steven Birdwell, Communications & Social Media Intern

Kimberly Bryant is one of only a handful of black women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In response to this, she decided to make it her life’s mission to solve this lack of diversity.

During college, she felt somewhat culturally isolated. Although she enjoyed her math and science courses, Kimberly couldn’t help noticing that she was very different from most of her classmates. “There’s much to be said for making any challenging journey with people of the same cultural background,” she explains.

Many years later, Kimberly once again noticed the same lack of diversity in the technology field for minorities and women — this time while she was developing a mobile health tech startup. “I attended literally hundreds of networking events in the Bay Area yet saw very few folks that looked like me in attendance,” says Kimberly.

Kimberly’s daughter, who is currently in middle school, has been interested in technology and an avid gamer since the age of 8. Several years ago, after realizing her daughter would frequently get bored with videogames, Kimberly wanted to show her how to make one and enrolled her in a summer game development program at Stanford. “It was a great experience for her,” explains Kimberly. “But there were only about 3 girls out of approximately 25 students and she was the only person of color enrolled.”

As a result of these experiences, Kimberly decided to launch Black Girls CODE, a nonprofit that encourages young minority women to pursue a career in technology by providing them with workshops and after-school programs focused on a wide range of tech-related topics. “Our goal,” Kimberly explains, “is to address the gender and diversity gap in technology and to feed girls into the STEM pipeline as early in their development years as possible.”

Black Girls CODE started with a single 6-week program in 2011 and now conducts workshops around the country and even internationally in South Africa. Students have the opportunity to build their own video games and web pages, program robots and learn computer languages such as Alice, SCRATCH, Kodu and Ruby.

Software engineers and professionals teach the workshops and mentor the students. Volunteers at the organization come from such diverse fields as accounting, banking, education. These volunteers help with program operations, fundraising, event planning and community outreach. “We welcome volunteers from all areas and walks of life who are interested in helping drive the mission of introducing young women to STEM careers,” says Kimberly.

The organization offers a sense of community for the girls who attend and Kimberly is able to see the positive effects of her work firsthand. She recalls, “One student from a recent workshop told her mother that she finally felt like she belonged after attending one of our workshops.” Ultimately, this is the reason Kimberly and the volunteers give their time for this important work.

Kimberly is doing her best to dispel the view of computer programmers as being isolated and antisocial. “That [view] doesn’t resonate with most girls, especially elementary and middle school girls,” she explains. “We do a lot of group work and pairs programming projects because they need that connection and collaboration. So that helps break down the stereotypes of always being alone.”

Kimberly has found a great way to encourage those in the tech fields to give back and inspire young minority women. As Kimberly says, “Black Girls CODE allows myself and others countless opportunities to give back to our communities and mentor the next generation of STEM professionals.”

Top 50 Colleges for Black Students

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Based on responses from nearly 1,855 African-American professionals in higher education, Black Enterprise magazine has ranked the top 50 colleges and universities where African-American students are most likely to succeed.

The ranking considers factors such as black population (at least 3%), academic strengths, social environment, and graduation rates. (Web: http://www.blackenterprise.com)

Read more: Top 50 African American Colleges & Universities to Succeed | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/edu/colleges/top-50-colleges-for-black-students-2008.html#ixzz2SBbXg0Uu

Rank Name, location Internet address
1 Spelman College, Atlanta, Ga. http://www.spelman.edu
2 Howard University, Washington, D.C. http://www.howard.edu
3 Morehouse, Atlanta, Ga. http://www.morehouse.edu
4 Hampton University, Hampton, Va. http://www.hamptonu.edu
5 Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. http://www.georgetown.edu
6 Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif. http://www.stanford.edu
7 Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pa. http://www.swarthmore.edu
8 Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn. http://www.fisk.edu
9 Amherst College, Amherst, Mass. http://www.amherst.edu
10 Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. http://www.harvard.edu
11 Columbia University, New York, N.Y. http://www.columbia.edu
12 Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C. http://www.wfu.edu
13 Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga. http://www.cau.edu
14 Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn. http://www.wesleyan.edu
15 Yale University, New Haven, Conn. http://www.yale.edu
16 Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala. http://www.tuskegee.edu
17 Xavier University, New Orleans, La. http://www.xula.edu
18 Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Fla. http://www.famu.edu
19 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa. http://www.upenn.edu
20 Brown University, Providence, R.I. http://www.brown.edu
21 North Carolina A&T Univ., Greensboro, N.C. http://www.ncat.edu
22 Pomona College, Claremont, Calif. http://www.pomona.edu
23 Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. http://www.princeton.edu
24 Williams College, Williamstown, Mass. http://www.williams.edu
25 Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. http://www.cornell.edu
26 North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C, http://www.nccu.edu
27 Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. http://www.jhu.edu
28 Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio http://www.oberlin.edu
29 Emory University, http://www.emory.edu Atlanta, Ga. http://www.emory.edu
30 Dillard University, New Orleans, La. http://www.dillard.edu New Orleans, La. http://www.dillard.edu
31 Duke University, http://www.duke.edu Winston-Salem, N.C. http://www.duke.edu
32 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C. http://www.unc.edu
33 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, Calif. http://www.berkeley.edu
34 Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tenn. http://www.tnstate.edu
35 Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. http://www.northwestern.edu
36 Jackson State University, Jackson, Miss. http://www.jsums.ed
37 Smith College, Northampton, Mass. http://www.smith.edu
38 Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. http://www.vanderbilt.edu
39 University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va. http://www.virginia.edu
40 Grambling State University, Grambling, La. http://www.gram.edu
41 Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass. http://www.wellesley.edu
42 Morgan State University, Baltimore, Md. http://www.morgan.edu
43 Barnard College, New York City, N.Y. http://www.barnard.edu
44 Haverford College, Haverford, Pa. http://www.haverford.edu
45 Davidson College, Davidson, N.C. http://www.davidson.edu
46 New York University, New York, N.Y. http://www.nyu.edu
47 Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif. http://www.usc.edu
48 University of Maryland, College Park, Md. http://www.maryland.edu
49 South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, S.C. http://www.scsu.edu
50 Carleton College, Northfield, Minn. http://www.carleton.edu

Read more: Top 50 African American Colleges & Universities to Succeed | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/edu/colleges/top-50-colleges-for-black-students-2008.html#ixzz2SBbij4Fh

Oscar nominated 9 year old actress Quvenzhané Wallis

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Quvenzhané Wallis

Quvenzhané Wallis
Born August 28, 2003 (age 9)
Houma, Louisiana, United States
Years active 2012–present

Quvenzhané Wallis (pronounced /kwəˈvɛnʒəneɪ/; kwuh-VEN-jah-nay;born August 28, 2003) is an American child actress. She is known for her leading role as Hushpuppy in the critically acclaimed drama film Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012),[3] for which she became the youngest actress ever to receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Life and career

Wallis was born in Houma, Louisiana, the daughter of Qulyndreia, a teacher, and Venjie Wallis, Sr., a truck driver. “Quven”, the first part of her name, combines her parents’ first names, while her mother has stated that zhané means “fairy” in Swahili.

Wallis, at age five, had to lie about her age to audition for her very first acting job—the starring role in Beasts of the Southern Wild—because the minimum age to be considered was six. She eventually beat out some 4,000 contenders for the role of Hushpuppy—the indomitable child prodigy and survivalist who lives with her dying father in the backwoods bayou squalor of Louisiana. Director Benh Zeitlin told ‘The Daily Beast’ that when he auditioned Wallis, he immediately realized he’d discovered what he was looking for, and changed the Beasts script to accommodate her strong-willed personality. Her reading ability, loud scream and the skill of burping on command impressed the director and won her the part.

The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January 2012 to rave reviews, winning the Grand Jury Prize. In May 2012, Wallis flew to France for the premiere of the film at the Cannes Film Festival. The film received much acclaim and praised Wallis for her outstanding performance and it went on to win the prestigious Caméra d’Or award for Best first Feature Film. On January 10, 2013, at age nine, Wallis became the Academy Awards’ all-time youngest nominee for Best Actress and third youngest ever in all categories.However, she was just six during the filming.

She has signed on to star in Steve McQueen’s upcoming film 12 Years a Slave alongside Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Brad Pitt. The film is based on a novel of the same name. In 2013, she will collaborate with Sundance for the second time on a short film called Boneshaker.

In February 2013, Wallis was cast as the title character in the film remake of Annie.


Beasts of the Southern Wild Hushpuppy
African-American Film Critics Association for Best Breakthrough Performance
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Austin Film Critics Association Breakthrough Artist Award
Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Performer
Capri Hollywood Festival Award for Best Actress
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Breakout Performance
Hollywood Film Festival New Hollywood Award
National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Actress
New York Film Critics Online Award for Breakthrough Performance
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Youth Performance in a Lead or Supporting Role – Female
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Breakthrough Performance
Santa Barbara International Film Festival — Virtuoso Award
Satellite Award for Best Breakthrough Actress
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Women Film Critics for Best Youth Performance
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Pending—Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress
Pending—Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Nominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Denver Film Critics Society for Best Actress
Nominated—Gotham Award for Breakthrough Performance
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society for Best Actress
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Utah Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress